Despite having many axes to grind with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr Umar Sanda, president of Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria (HCPAN) has called for dialogue among aggrieved members and the regulator.
Rising from the association’s mid-year meeting which held at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on May 16, 2017, Sanda explained that the way forward for both parties to reach an agreement over the numerous challenges facing them is to come to a roundtable and embrace dialogue.
“Of course, we know litigation in Nigeria is slow and doesn’t look like an appealing option. On the other hand, industrial actions will only worsen the plight of enrollees.
“I, therefore, appeal to you to open your door to dialogue with major stakeholders for the benefit of the scheme,” he pleaded.
Themed “Modelling the Nigeria Health Insurance for Nigerians,” the programme was well attended by several health professionals.